Hyundai, South Korea’s largest automaker, officially opened its AUD$1.7 billion manufacturing plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic, this week.
With mass production started in November last year, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC), a fully-owned subsidiary of Seoul-based Hyundai Motor Company, has a current capacity to build 200,000 vehicles annually, which will be increased by 100,000 to 300,000 units per year in 2011.
The first vehicle to be produced was the award-winning i30 five-door hatchback, which was joined by its award-winning sister model, the i30cw wagon in February this year.
With the completion of the Czech factory, Hyundai now has a production foothold in all key markets, including the USA, China, India and Turkey. This global production network will enable the company to supply top quality vehicles to customers around the world more quickly and efficiently.
Hyundai continues to attract new buyers to the brand. The Hyundai operations in the US, China and India all sold more vehicles in August than in any previous month on record.
“Both in Australia and around the world, we’re seeing unprecedented demand for Hyundai product,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s Sales and Marketing Director Kevin McCann.
“Consumers have been responding to world-class products such as the i30 range. We can’t wait to have the exciting all-new ix35 compact SUV and YF mid-size sedan join our award winning range in dealer showrooms.”